Little Thetford : Residents' Survey

10. Views of young people
Young people aged 11-18 were asked to fill in a number of questions relating to their activities and concerns and a total of 39 young people did so.

Schools attended:

  • 64% attend secondary school
  • 28% attend primary school
  • 8% attend 6th form college

Activities undertaken:

The most frequently undertaken activities in Little Thetford were the Girls Brigade and ballet/dance.

The most popular activities undertaken elsewhere were football, cricket and 'other' (Tai Kwan Do, horse riding, hockey, music lessons and drama).

Table 10.1 Activities undertaken by young people

In Little Thetford
Elsewhere
Football
3%
41%
Cricket
3%
18%
Badminton
-
8%
Netball
8%
8%
Trampolining
5%
3%
Tennis
-
8%
Girls Brigade
18%
-
Scouts / cubs
-
3%
Guides / Brownies
-
5%
Ballet / dance
10%
5%
Chess
3%
-
Other
-
31%
No reply
69%
21%
Base: all young people
39
39
Six respondents said their parents would be willing to help run an activity in the village that their son or daughter took part in.

What is important about the village to young people:

The most important things to young people (from a list) are shown in Figure 10.1 and are sports, the running track, the play area and the skate park.

Table 10.2 Things of most importance in the village

Other comments are listed below:
  • netball court
  • having fun
  • High jump
  • I would like a few tennis courts in the village

Interest in a youth club:

  • 49% were interested in a youth club but 51% were not
  • Two respondents said that their father might be interested in helping and five said that their mother would help run a youth club.

Those interested favoured the following days:

  • Monday 4 respondents
  • Tuesday 9 respondents
  • Wednesday 11 respondents
  • Thursday 4 respondents
  • Friday 11 respondents

Interest in youth shelter:

Views on a youth shelter were mixed, 18 of the young people would like to see one and 18 would not with 3 respondents not commenting. The primary school children were more interested in this than the older young people.

Of those interested, 16 would like to see the shelter on the sports field, one on Cowslip Drive and six said either location would be fine. The secondary school respondents were more likely to favour the sports field.

One respondent said they did not want the shelter on Cowslip Drive as they would be frightened to pass a large group of young people and one parent said this location was too near houses and noise could be a problem.